It is now common place for successful television shows to be given an outing on the big screen. Everything from The Inbetweeners to On the Buses have seen their small screen characters taking on the silver screen, all with varying quality. Rarer to find however is feature films that have forgone a sequel and instead moved the narrative onto television. The most successful of these films is Stargate, which spawned a series of shows (Stargate SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe) that became one of the longest lasting consecutively aired television shows of all time.
In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan O’Neil (Kurt Russell) that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious “stargate”.
Directed by event movie expert Roland Emmerich, Stargate follows on from the moderate success he had with Universal Soldier and proved a box office hit almost quadrupling it’s budget of $55m and is probably his breakthrough film. Drawing on Egyptian mythology, Stargate tries to combine the epic swords and sandals genre with science fiction and was the first part in a planned trilogy of films, but instead was adapted into a highly successful television series.
Today, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this fan favorite Emmerich flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any Stargate fan should enjoy immensely.
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[via Oliver Harper]